23 March 2011

On 'Rejecting "sacramentalism"'

 In a recent article, the Southern Baptist Church said that it was rejecting "sacramentalism" and lumping Catholics with non-Christians and secular Americans.  They, of course, ignore that "sacramentalism" is all over both the Old and New Testament.

"Though opposed to movements toward federation or organic union, Southern Baptists are committed to work with other evangelical denominations in common causes, and count all those who know the Lord Jesus as Savior to be true Christians and our true brothers and sisters. While we differ on important issues such as church government and the nature of the ordinances * (*i.e. opposing all sacramentalism), we nonetheless consider these brothers and sisters to be true Christians with whom we can work toward legitimate spiritual ends (i.e., evangelism and missions).

"Though considering  non-Christians and the Roman Catholic Church  to be the objects of our spiritual concern and evangelistic mission, we are nonetheless committed to work with “all men of good will in any good cause.” Thus, we can work with secular Americans and Roman Catholic  leaders  in common cause for the abolition of abortion, the defense of marriage, and in contending for religious liberty, these offered as examples only."

See article in its entirety here:


Christianity, that is, true Christianity --- the way it was and still is intended by God, is meant to be sacramental.  Jesus turned bread into his very flesh, for instance, yet any Christian who says otherwise, is like the apostles when they took off and left Jesus the first time.  He did not follow them, but then they eventually came back.  John 6:60 - 65  It is interesting to point out that the Greek word Jesus used  for the very word, to "eat" his flesh, was similar to the word we have in English today, to 'masticate'.  This was Jesus's way of clarifying that this was not to be considered as a symbol, but for those who wished to follow that they must actually consider that this bread was his flesh to be physically consumed, albeit, in an unbloodied manner.  The bread would remain the presence of bread, but become his flesh as the new Pascal Lamb, to be truly consumed, joining to his Sacrifice on the Cross, his consummation of death on the Cross.

And see who the Holy Ghost says was the only Apostle not to accept this doctrine?  It was none other than Judas.

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